After Dominique Vivant Denon (French, 1747-1825)
Le Départ pour le Sabbat
Inscribed "D Ryckaert 1549" in the matrix l.l.
Enhanced reproductive print (possibly a chromolithograph with added color details) laid on copper, 8 x 11 3/4 in. (20.2 x 29.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor losses to the edges, frame abrasions.
N.B. Dominique Vivant Denon was a French museum director, writer, and graphic artist. He made an etching based on an earlier Dutch painting which he titled Le Départ pour le Sabbat (Le Blanc 12, IFF 237, TIB, Supplement). The closest English translation would probably be Preparation for the Witch's Sabbath. It was assumed that the work he copied was by David Teniers II or his studio, who produced a number of witchcraft-related paintings which proved very popular, and there is a very close composition ascribed to Teniers titled Witches Initiation in the collection of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. However, the print here shows a signature at the lower left which would point to David Ryckaert III (Flemish, 1612-1661), whose paintings The Temptation of St. Anthony and Dull Gret use similar elements, although the apparent date of 1549 remains an unanswered mystery.
Provenance: The estate of George Way.
Framed dimensions are 13 7/8 x 17 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches.
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